The scores for 2015 Advanced Placement exams have arrived and 144 Denison students tested high enough to likely earn college credit. English literature and statistics tied for the most successful subjects with 21 qualifying scores.

The scores for 2015 Advanced Placement exams have arrived and 144 Denison students tested high enough to likely earn college credit. English literature and statistics tied for the most successful subjects with 21 qualifying scores.


According to College Board, AP classes are standardized high school courses that are roughly equivalent to undergraduate college courses. After completing an AP class, students typically take the AP exam and their scores will be sent to colleges and universities to determine if they will grant them credit or be allowed to skip an equivalent course.


"I’m extremely pleased with the results," Shonda Cannon, Denison Independent School District’s director of instruction, said. "We have an excellent AP program and to maintain those results year after year is significant because I know this is the fourth year in a row that we’ve had over 140 qualifying scores."


AP exams receive a score of one to five. A score of three, four or five is a qualifying score. In Denison ISD, 96 students received a score of three; 36 students received a score of four and 12 students received a score of five. Cannon said it was the fourth year in a row for Denison ISD to have 140 qualifying scores or more.


"It has everything to do with these students, how hard they work and how many hours they log studying as well as the quality of teaching in these courses," Cannon said. "The teachers are the very top of their game, and they do everything in their power to prepare kids to be successful on these rigorous exams."


Even for students who did not earn a qualifying score on their exam, Cannon said there are several benefits for taking AP classes in high school. If a student takes AP chemistry in high school but doesn’t earn a qualified score on the AP test, she said, the student was still exposed to a rigorous curriculum, which will help them succeed when they get to college.


"A score of 1 or 2 certainly isn’t a qualifying score, according to College Board, but it’s nothing to be ashamed of," Cannon said. "(When taking AP classes,) you are preparing for college while you’re in high school. It would be like they are hearing (the subject) for a second time in college and it will be much easier for them."


For the first time in two years, two students received College Board’s National AP Scholar Award. Denison High School’s Valedictorian Erin Armstrong and Salutatorian Martha Hayes both earned an average of at least four on all their AP exams taken and scored four or high on eight or more AP exams.